1997 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)

SKU #1125479 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An excellent wine for the vintage, the evolved, complex aromatics exhibit cedar, dried herbs, tobacco, and copious quantities of red and black fruits. Medium-bodied and supple-textured, it is ideal for drinking now and over the next 10-12 years.  (4/2000)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2013 | Send Email
Soft and Elegant.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2013 | Send Email
Dark Garnet color. Tobacco, graphite, cedar notes on the nose. Very enticing. Delicious palate, very balanced indeed. Sweet plums and currants, dried herbs, and a delicious note of chocolate! This is an awesome deal.

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/9/2013 | Send Email
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This is an interesting vintage. Many wine critics and noted wine magazines initially gave this harvest bad reviews due to weather problems (rain and cold before and during the harvest). But, as I have pointed out to my colleagues and customers, when I started in this business in the very early 1970s, many, if not most, Chateaux would wait for veraison to take place, go to their calendars and mark off forty-five days when the harvest would begin, regardless. And, they would then pick everything, good or bad. But, in the early 1980s, their century-plus practices began to change. Instead, most began to selectively pick grapes as they ripen, take them to a sort room (tossing any questionable clusters), and only crush those grapes of high quality. So, you have a wet vintage as 1997 that would have been a disaster back in the 60s (like 1965 and 1968), actually resulting in lovely, near-term productions. I love this wine and have watched it evolve gracefully for the past ten years. Medium-deep ruby in color, the nose offers cassis to blackberry notes with cedary undertones. In the mouth, it is silky, almost creamy, broad, balanced, complex, and just a pleasure to drink. Rusty has informed me that this Gem will be one of our house reds for however long it is around. 13.0% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2018

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